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Dedicated to documenting humanity by gathering stories & sounds from the most remote locations around the world. The goal for the show is to take you, the listener, back to mankind's earliest form of entertainment: story telling. Therefore, every week features an interview with an adventurer in their natural habitat in order to provide an audible journey packed with adventure information & inspiration. Everyone has a story & different perspective, we aim to share the stories from the world’s diverse cultures & unknown lands.
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The Trail Less Traveled Mandela Leola van Eeden

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 87 Ratings

Dedicated to documenting humanity by gathering stories & sounds from the most remote locations around the world. The goal for the show is to take you, the listener, back to mankind's earliest form of entertainment: story telling. Therefore, every week features an interview with an adventurer in their natural habitat in order to provide an audible journey packed with adventure information & inspiration. Everyone has a story & different perspective, we aim to share the stories from the world’s diverse cultures & unknown lands.
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    Rafting around the World with Orea Roussis

    Rafting around the World with Orea Roussis

    Orea Roussis is originally from Connecticut and has been running rivers all over the world for over 35 years. She is one of the most experienced yet humble guides who will ever meet and loves sharing the wilderness experience with her guests. Orea often lives a nomadic life for half the year driving around rivers in California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and the Grand Canyon. When she is not in the U.S. you could potentially find her kayaking in Chile, Nepal or New Zealand.
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    • 44 min
    Meditation & Lessons from Long Distance Adventure Racing & Paragliding with Jenna Lyons.

    Meditation & Lessons from Long Distance Adventure Racing & Paragliding with Jenna Lyons.

    Jenna Lyons is a paraglider, long distance runner, kite boarder and whitewater kayaker based in Missoula. During this episode she reflects on the meditation of running long distances in the mountains and the joy of learning to paraglide above Missoula, Montana. Jenna also shares some lessons learned from law school, injuries and the life long journey of paragliding.
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    • 44 min
    MPG Ranch: an Ecological Research Station & Non-Lead Ammunition with Mike McTee

    MPG Ranch: an Ecological Research Station & Non-Lead Ammunition with Mike McTee

    Mike McTee shot his first weapon before he could recite the alphabet. Now, understanding weapons is part of his job. His career took this trajectory after Mike gained a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry. Curious about potential pollution at a historic shooting range at MPG Ranch, he earned an M.S. in Geosciences studying the site. Strangely, the sulfur inside the trap and skeet targets posed the main threat, not the lead in the shotgun pellets. Regardless, lead contamination soon grabbed Mike’s focus. Each winter at MPG Ranch, biologists caught eagles that had lead coursing through their veins. Lead can cripple eagles flightless and even kill them. Mike soon initiated studies on scavenger ecology and began investigating the wound ballistics of rifle bullets, the suspected source of lead.
    Mike often connects with the public through his writings and speaking engagements, whether it be to a local group of hunters, or a gymnasium full of middle schoolers. He frequently writes about the outdoors, with work appearing in The FlyFish Journal, Backcountry Journal, and Bugle. When he escapes the office, Mike explores wild landscapes with his family, always scanning the horizon for wildlife.
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    • 51 min
    Deaf BMX Athlete & Wild Plants Expert Builds School in Uganda & Changes a Nation

    Deaf BMX Athlete & Wild Plants Expert Builds School in Uganda & Changes a Nation

    Ceilidh O'Sullivan was born and raised on the Eastern Coast of Australia in a little town known for its delicious ginger beer and all inclusive schools for the disabled. Ceilidh was born profoundly deaf and with the help of her mother, she learned to speak well. At a young age she became obsessed with "Bush Tucker" which is a reference to edible wild foods in Australia. To this day she can go out into the bush or on the beach and gather food to create delicious meals.
    Ceilidh placed second in the country and wanted to continue her path competitive BMX biking but instead made the hard decision to undergo surgery and receive a cochlear implant which helped her ear sounds for the first time such as leaves under her feet.
    Ceilidh is into eco construction and sustainability as a result of her countless trips to Uganda where she built a school for deaf children and had a part in changing that country's attitude regarding the abilities of deaf children.
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    • 49 min
    Professional Ski Instructor and River Guide, Zoe Mavis.

    Professional Ski Instructor and River Guide, Zoe Mavis.

    Zoe Mavis is originally from Boulder, Colorado and has been skiing her entire life. She now works as a ski instructor in Big Sky Montana during the winter and as a river guide based out of Missoula. Zoe is on the national team of The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. The PSIA-AASI is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people how to ski and snowboard.
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    • 42 min
    Wildlife Conservation with John Kanter, the Senior Wildlife Biologist for the National Wildlife Federation.

    Wildlife Conservation with John Kanter, the Senior Wildlife Biologist for the National Wildlife Federation.

    John Kanter is the senior wildlife biologist for the National Wildlife Federation. John has been hooked on wildlife since he was, as they say, knee-high to a grasshopper. As a child, he loved African animals, especially elephants, and got to watch his pediatrician mother take care of the first eight gorillas born at the Cincinnati Zoo. From there his interest grew from taking care of animals to understanding them in the wild and taking care of their natural habitats. John works on many projects including Recovering America's Wildlife Act, climate change and the movement to having lead free landscapes.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Cath in LA ,

Trail Less Traveled

The interviews by Mandela are fun, have depth and never boring! She completely engages each person interviewed, which brings out interesting tidbits truly sparking interest in the topic. Her voice and diction makes for easy listening, and learning! I have listened to four of these interviews, and will continue these adventures with her. She never disappoints. A must for “adventure - philes.”

Bernadette1234567 ,

Educational and entertaining

Mandela asks her interviewers great questions which spark conversations I love listening to. I’ve been learning a lot about people in places I may never go in this lifetime. Always a joy, this podcast!

KimberLHA ,

Great story teller!

Very fun and interesting stories from all over. You feel like you’re on an adventure with her!

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